Medical Review Board
Citizen's Policy and Complaint Review Council
The three deliberative members of the Commission are appointed by the Governor to statutory terms with the advice and consent of the New York State Senate. One Commissioner serves as Chair and Chief Executive Officer, two others as respective Chairs of the Medical Review Board (MRB) and Citizens' Policy and Complaint Review Council (CPCRC). Members of the MRB and CPCRC are also appointed to terms by the Governor.
The Medical Review Board was established by the Legislature to investigate deaths in correctional facilities within the State and to make recommendations for improving the delivery of health care to detainees and sentenced offenders. Deaths are investigated by the forensic unit, and cases are presented to the Medical Review Board, which is chaired by Commissioner Harrison-Ross. Recommendations for changes to a facility's medical procedures to assure that problems leading up to a death are handled differently in the future are made when appropriate. The Council is comprised of members appointed by the Governor with advice and consent of the Senate.
Inmate grievances, (complaints from inmates that have been through a formal process for resolution by facility staff and administration and are unable to be resolved at a local level) are forwarded to the Commission's Citizens Policy and Complaint Review Council. They are reviewed by a Correctional Facility Specialist, who gathers all pertinent facts and determines if the facility is in compliance or not with the standards regulating them. A recommendation is made to the CPCRC members, who then vote on whether to accept the grievance or return it to the inmate advising him that the facility's response was correct. The CPCRC is being chaired by Commissioner Loughren. The Council was established by the Legislature to address the need for increased public participation in the oversight of local correctional facilities. Its mandate includes improving conditions in local correctional facilities, overseeing the inmate complaint and grievance process, and advising the Commission. The Council is comprised of seven members appointed by the Governor with advice and consent of the Senate.